Both Juan Mónaco and Juan Martín Del Potro won their matches easily and gave the two first points to Argentina in the tie against Kazajistan
Even though Tito Vazquez didn’t have the team he had firstly announced, David Nalbandian couldn’t play due to an injury, he bet on Juan Monaco for the singles match and the move went perfect.
In the first match, Juan Mónaco beat Andrey Golubev in just two hours and two minutes. If we have a look at the 2 matches both players have played against each other this year we’d find same surface and two victories for Monaco (Madrid and Dusseldorf World Team Cup). Pico didn’t have any inconvenient and won his match in 3 sets (6-3/6-0/6-4). The match was marked by both successes and few failures from Pico as the large number of unforced mistakes by the Kazakh player.
The few seats that were vacant in the Mary Terán de Weiss, Parque Roca, for the first match got occupied to see the match that would face Juan Martín Del Potro and Mikhail Kukushkin. Delpo took the second point 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in the match that closed the first day of the tie.
For the third point, Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank will play tomorrow against Evgeny Korolev and Yuriy Schukin. The Argentines will try to define the tie by winning the dobles match.
The winner of this tie, which takes place from Thursday to Saturday due to the elections in Buenos Aires on Sunday, will face the winner from Serbia and Sweden who are playing this weekend in Hamlstad (Sweden)
The Davis Cup team that Tito Vázquez has chosen to play the tie against Kazajistan is Juan Martin Del Potro, David Nalbandian, Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank.
I translated the press conference in which Tito announces the team and the reasons that lead him to leave Eduardo Schwank out ot that team.
Tito Vázquez: It has been the most difficult decition we have had until now. In other ties, with Caio, sometimes we had some difficulties to get the forth player and this time there were five players who were an option all the time. Schwank was a candidate until the last moment, specially thanks to him results on dobles. As I said it was very difficult, I thought about it together with Caio and we decided to risk. The players don’t like to be called individualists, they are all singles and dobles players, even the players that you call as dobles players tell you that. Both players got a very outstanding performance against Romania, I think that the key of that tie was Pico’s single against Hanescu, the dobles was very important too because Chela and Schwank closed the tie perfectly without leting the Romanian recover. But there were also some factores that had to do with this decition, Chela and Monaco’s performace in the World Cup in Dusseldorf had some minimal repercussion even though it is not comparable a tie playing to the best of 3 sets than 5 sets, but the beat Kazajistan in the first match, Pico had a good performace wining quite easy their number one (Andrey Golubev) and also Pico and Chela won Sweden in the dobles match together. So the decition turned out this way. Unfortunately, we have to choose only four players even though in a Davis Cup meeting a year ago in Australia was mentioned the possibility of having five players on the team, what I think is right, but as some countries sometimes have difficulties to get five players they chose to not do it. And other reason that had repercussion was Eduardo’s single ranking nowadays, he is the number 186 in the world so he’s not having a good moment.